Zappacosta solo goal, Chelsea routs Qarabag 6-0 in Champions League opener

Jose Mourinho

"For Eden Hazard it's early".

"It was a good start for us".

For his second and Barca's third he received a pass from Andres Iniesta and ripped more holes in a depleted Juventus defence before lashing beyond a dejected Buffon, scoring his seventh goal in three games.

The Spain global has become a crucial part of Conte's back three, playing every minute of his side's successful Premier League campaign last season and has been a regular since joining Chelsea from Marseille in 2012.

The goal was a taste of things to come for the inexperienced Azeris who rarely strayed out of their half.

The deadline-day signing from Torino started the run outside his own penalty area and surged down the field past two defenders before reaching the edge of the Qarabag penalty area where he caught goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic off-guard with his strike. It was an eye-catching way for the Italian to open his account for the 2012 Champions League winners.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed that the team are getting back to their best following Tuesday night's 6-0 win over Qarabag FK.

Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi added a goal in the 76th and Chelsea's sixth was an own goal by defender Maksim Medvedev six minutes later. To play in the Champions League means the coach trusts you.

Pedro is a likely started in Chelsea's next match, the London derby with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, the Spaniard told BT Sport: "It's a good performance, a good result".

"We have to improve these players to create a good competition between them ― a positive competition", Conte said. "Now we must be calm and do the best for the player and the team, otherwise we risk a bad injury and delaying the situation".

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